Music Instructors

Meet our talented team of instructors

Instructors (Past & Present)

2023-03-15T21:57:03+00:00

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is well-known for his mastery of the mandolin and has toured and performed most of his life. From the bluegrass festival stage to the symphony hall, Steve is a true virtuoso. Co-founder of DNA Music Camps, he's been on faculty at premier camps including Camp Bluegrass, Colorado Roots [...]

2023-04-26T19:31:33+00:00

Chris Sanders

Creating music has been a passion of Chris's since she crawled up on a piano bench and began picking out tunes as a toddler. Her tunes can be heard on six Hard Road Band and Trio albums, and her solo project Rare Bird. A New Mexico Music Award winner, [...]

2023-01-24T20:28:40+00:00

Peter McLaughlin

Peter McLaughlin is an acclaimed acoustic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, performer, recording artist and music instructor located in Tucson, AZ.  He plays many genres and styles, and specializes in acoustic flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques.  He was born in Washington DC, and his family's roots are in Scotland and England by [...]

2022-12-01T21:25:44+00:00

Sheila McCormick

Sheila McCormick began playing bass in the 1980s, initially playing electric bass and singing in country bands with her husband Reno McCormick. She started playing upright bass in the 1990s. She played in the all-female bluegrass band Sidesaddle for several years, performing, recording and traveling around California and beyond. [...]

2024-05-09T18:00:09+00:00

Tristan Scroggins

With a signature raw mandolin groove, bold fashion sense, charismatic yet soft-spoken confidence, and keen sensitivity to style and artistic innovation, twenty-six-year-old GRAMMY nominated mandolinist Tristan Scroggins is quickly becoming a highly influential voice of both music and community in the world of bluegrass. An old soul with the [...]

2024-05-09T18:00:03+00:00

Rebekah Rolland

Rebekah Rolland is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter based in Tucson. Early immersion in Arizona’s old-time and Bluegrass scene fueled her love for the tradition of storytelling through music, prompting her to study literature and music at the University of Arizona before setting out on several national tours with [...]

2023-03-15T21:57:54+00:00

Mark Miracle

Award winning mandolinist Mark Miracle has been playing Bluegrass/Americana music for over 40 years. Traveling the globe, his stylings and expertise have made him a sought after bandmate, guest artist, and thoughtful teacher. His deep roots in traditional Bluegrass have formed a strong foundation while offering a springboard for [...]

2024-05-09T18:02:09+00:00

John Reischman

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards. He’s also a powerful bandleader, touring his band the Jaybirds [...]

2024-05-09T17:59:50+00:00

K. C. Groves

When K.C. Groves was a young musician she was mentored by bluegrass and acoustic music greats such as Sally Van Meter, Charles Sawtelle and Laurie Lewis. She has since become a driving force in her own right, passing on that spark and pure joy of playing music. A multi-faceted [...]

2023-03-15T21:47:05+00:00

Chris Brashear

Chris Brashear is a multi-instrumentalist, a singer and a songwriter. Along with Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips, Chris shared an artist residency at the Museum of Northern Arizona which produced The Colton House Sessions: Songs For The Southwest. Chris’s most recent solo recording, Heart Of The Country, was produced by [...]

2024-05-09T17:59:42+00:00

Matt Rolland

Matt Rolland from Tucson, Arizona has had a fiddle in his hand since the age of four. Best known as the bandleader and fiddle player for the Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run, he is a touring musician and fiddle teacher.  Winner of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, [...]

2024-05-09T17:59:36+00:00

Avram Siegel

Avram Siegel is widely regarded as one of the most original banjo players to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area bluegrass scene striving to keep his bluegrass playing fresh and exciting while capturing the essence of the traditional Scruggs style. At the same time he is willing to explore [...]

2021-03-01T00:16:29+00:00

Mike Shiner

Mike Shiner is a soulful balladeer and songwriter with a background in rhythm, blues, soul and Americana. His musical interests and styles range from easy ballads to acoustic blues and Motown grooves. Mike has a degree in Music Production from Berklee College of Music with a Minor in Bass. [...]

2021-06-10T14:51:40+00:00

Reno McCormick

Reno McCormick launched his bluegrass journey when he won the band contest at Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Festival in 1976. He played for many years with the Easy Pickin’s Band in Aspen, Colorado, making multiple appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Reno has appeared in many bands (Mars Hillbillies, [...]

2021-03-01T22:12:43+00:00

Alvin Blaine

Alvin Blaine’s career took off after performing Wildwood Flower for his dad at age 5. Up to that point, Dad had prohibited the kids from playing any of his many instruments that graced the living room of Alvin’s childhood. Since then, as a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist musician, Alvin has performed [...]

2022-11-30T22:34:26+00:00

Richard Brown

Dick Brown was introduced to the banjo and bluegrass while in high school in NM in 1963. After graduation he moved to OK where he met and took some lessons from Gary Price. He joined the military in 1966 and during that time he spent a number of years [...]

2023-04-03T17:59:14+00:00

Nick Coventry

I am very excited to join the Roots and Boots program.  Teaching violin is my family vocation, I watched my Mom with countless students over the years and I myself have been teaching fiddle for over 20 years.  Since moving to Tucson from Santa Barbara in 2010 I have embraced bluegrass, [...]